We all have our own ideas about spirituality. Maybe for you, it's going to church on Sunday mornings and singing hymns. Maybe it's sitting in silence on a mountaintop, or standing in the middle of a forest, feeling the anchoring strength of the trees. Maybe it's participating in your favorite hobby, or taking care of yourself physically through healthy eating and exercise. Whatever spirituality means to you, there is one thing that is universally true--it starts with the heart.
Your heart is the center of your being, the engine that drives everything else in your life. When your heart is strong and healthy, everything else falls into place. So how can you make sure that your heart is in good spiritual shape? Read on for some tips...
The connection between spirituality and the heart
Have you ever heard that your heart is where your soul lives? Well, this might be more than just a saying - there's a connection between spirituality and the heart that has been recognized for centuries. In Indian traditions, in fact, the cardia or "heart center" is thought to contain life force energy and wisdom. Could it be that our innermost spirit resides there? It could explain why we often "follow our hearts," both in terms of decisions regarding relationships or other matters. If the ancient wisdom is right, then connecting with ourselves at this primal level may be an invaluable way to access our own spiritual growth.
Why it's important to keep your heart open
Keeping an open heart can be difficult in a world that is constantly challenging us both mentally and emotionally. However, it is crucial to our overall wellbeing. An open heart enables us to develop empathy, compassion, and understanding; qualities so needed in today's world. Not only does an open heart provide us with deeper connections with others, but also leads to greater insight into our own thought processes and motivations. Allowing ourselves to remain vulnerable and connected to the people and things around us allows for a fuller, richer experience of life. It is the only way for true transformation to occur - so keep your heart open!
How to do a "heart check" to see how you're doing spiritually
A "heart check" is an important part of any healthy spiritual practice, so if you're feeling a little disconnected from your faith, now's the time to get back in tune. Taking inventory of yourself and recognizing where you stand with your beliefs is the first step in deepening your relationship with your own spiritual values. Start by setting aside a few minutes for quiet contemplation or prayer. Spend some time alone reflecting on what you believe, what you hope for, and the values that truly matter to you. You'll be much better able to recognize signs of growth (or lack thereof!) when it comes to nourishing your soul.
Ways to increase your spiritual awareness.
Achieving spiritual awareness can be a winding road, but there are plenty of ways to get onto the path. Practicing mindfulness and meditation are two great ways to stay in tune with yourself and the world around you. Keeping a journal and reflecting on your daily actions is another way to start recognizing your inner and outer journey. Taking time for nature walks, reading inspirational material, and engaging in deep conversations with others can round out your practice and bring things into focus. Remember that it takes consistency in order to reap the rewards of growth on your spiritual journey!
The benefits of being more spiritual
Becoming more spiritual is a great way to clear your mind and find some peace. It can help you appreciate all of the good in the world and focus on what really matters in life - like spending time with the people that mean the most to us or focusing on our favorite hobbies. Being spiritual also encourages us to practice self-care, as we learn how to single out negative thoughts and replace them with more positive ones. And don’t forget - being more spiritual can sharpen your mental clarity and decision-making skills, which can lead to a better sense of accomplishment and more meaningful successes. So, make sure to take some time each day to check in with yourself, become more connected with your own spirituality and experience these amazing benefits for yourself!
All in all, having an open heart is incredibly important for maintaining a spiritual connection with yourself and the world around you. It's not an easy task, but with some dedication to self-care and mindful engagement with your spiritual life it can be done. Taking time for a regular "heart check" to see where you are at in terms of your spiritual well-being is essential for growth. Remember, there's no limit to the depths of your spirituality or the joy it will bring you when you open yourself up to it fully. What's more, finding ways to increase your spiritual awareness can be incredibly rewarding in ways that go far beyond understanding the divine within us. So go ahead and make a commitment today to feed and nurture your spirit—you'll be glad you did!
Dr. Carolyn C Snyder
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is a licensed clinical social worker, has a doctorate in grief psychology, and is the owner of C. Snyder Counseling & Wellness. She is trained in psychology, hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, Qi Gong Healing, Shamanic Energy Work, mental health integrative medicine, health coaching, and much more. She firmly believes in the Mind, Body, Spirit connection and feels that all three areas of oneself must be in balance for happiness and a fulfilling life. In her work with clients, she strives to help them connect with their spirituality and live their life purpose. She believes that when we are living authentically and in alignment with our values, we can create an abundant life full of joy and satisfaction.